Medication For CFS

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I'm a teen who has chronic fatigue syndrome

And experience all these symptoms

What medications can have me back to 100%, and allow to be able to compete in sports, and other activities?

What steps should I take to tell my doctor I need help?

Symptoms are off a checklist

Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness

Difficulty with simple calculations (e.g., balancing checkbook)

Word-finding difficulty

Saying the wrong word

Difficulty expressing ideas in words

Difficulty moving your mouth to speak

Slowed speech

Stuttering; stammering

Impaired ability to concentrate

Easily distracted during a task

Difficulty paying attention

Difficulty following a conversation when background noise is present

Losing your train of thought in the middle of a sentence

Difficulty putting tasks or things in proper sequence

Losing track in the middle of a task (remembering what to do next)

Difficulty with short-term memory

Difficulty with long-term memory

Forgetting how to do routine things

Difficulty understanding what you read

Switching left and right

Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you speak

Transposition (reversal) of numbers, words and/or letters when you write

Difficulty remembering names of objects

Difficulty remembering names of people

Difficulty recognizing faces

Poor judgment

Difficulty making decision

Difficulty following simple written instructions

Difficulty following complicated written instructions

Difficulty following simple oral (spoken) instructions

Difficulty following complicated oral (spoken) instructions

Difficulty integrating information (putting ideas together to form a complete picture or concept)


Changes in visual acuity (frequent changes in ability to see well)

Difficulty with accommodation (switching focus from one thing to another)

Blind spots in vision

Feeling spatially disoriented

Dysequilibrium (balance difficulty)

Staggering gait (clumsy walking; bumping into things)

Dropping things frequently

Difficulty judging distances (e.g. when driving; placing objects on surfaces)

“Not quite seeing” what you are looking at

Hypersomnia (excessive sleeping)

Sleep disturbance: unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep

Sleep disturbance: difficulty falling asleep

Sleep disturbance: difficulty staying asleep (frequent awakenings)

Sleep disturbance: vivid or disturbing dreams or nightmares

Altered sleep/wake schedule (alertness/energy best late at night)

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  • Posted

    I'm so sorry to read your list of symptoms, it must be very distressing for you.

    I am not a medically trained person but I understand that what you are "feeling" is very similar to Vitamin B12 Deficiency so as a first off I suggest you ask your doctor to test your Serum B12 and Serum Folate levels if for nothing else but to eliminate them from the cause.

    What sort of diet are you on?

    What medications do you take currently?

    Do you have any pains?

    Is there a history of Pernicious Anaemia in your family?

    Do you have any tummy troubles - indigestion, IBS etc?

  • Posted

    Hi Acr;  After reading your list of symptoms, I am Not sure that this is CFS???    I feel that perhaps you should take that list to your GP and have a Full Blood work done (as suggested including looking at any deficiencies). I also feel it maybe a good idea to ask for a referral to an Internal Physician too, as this may not be something that your GP can deal with alone.   You have mentioned other symptoms that are not in alignment with CFS, but may be leaning towards something else?

    ​Please stay with us, though, so we all will know what comes of your visit/s, and what the drs say.  I would love to be able to be there with you, so please keep us informed.                                     Bron

  • Posted

    I would suggest taking this list of symptoms to your doctor and see what they think. Not all the symptoms are consistent with having CFS and it might be worth ruling out other conditions although CFS can have a huge variety of strange symptoms!!
  • Posted

    Hi!  I agree with the others.  So many of your symptoms fit CFS/ME.  But then, there are a couple that are not typical and could be something else.  I just wanted to say that if you are suffering from CFS, there is some good news.  You being young is a big plus!  If you don't "over-d0", pushing yourself too much, you have a great potential to get better.

    I have a neice who also has POTS.  I don't know a whole lot about POTS, but I just mention it because this is an example of another condition co-existing and adding to the symptoms.

    Take Care,




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